30 December was a holiday, so evening of 29 December, mom asked us where we wanted to go. Us siblings don't really have the urge to go out, but mom was insistent that we go out and she suggested the Manila Ocean Park because brother still hasn't visited the place and that they have a new attraction.
The only way to go to Ocean Park was to take the bus to Rizal Park and walk. It was a very long walk, but we did enjoy the sights. 30 December was Rizal Day, but there was no program when we reached the park (I learned from a friend that the program was held early in the day), so we just took pictures.
There were packages at the Ocean Park, but we took the Package B - a tour to the Oceanarium, Zoocology, and Jellies. Roaming around the Oceanarium would take 2 hours at least, and because brother and I were taking pictures, we spent longer time. There were so many pictures taken, but I will share these three for now, as resizing and editing was difficult for me. The first picture was the Garden Eel, mom's favorite. Second picture was us at the "Buhay na Karagatan" tunnel, and the third one was a picture of Bamboo Shark eggs.
I had a real hard time taking pictures. I didn't know how to set my camera... in the end I settled for the aquarium mode as using the manual mode stresses me much. The thing was, fishes would swim around and I need a fast shutter speed if I want to freeze them. In 600+ pictures I took, 200+ has to be trashed because the fishes were all blurry!
After the Oceanarium, we went to Zoocology, but pictures weren't allowed inside. There were staffs with cameras who are willing to take pictures, only that they have to pay if they want to have some prints. Inside Zoocology were bones, fur, and taxidermy of different wild animals.
The Jellies was a great place to visit in the park - I just love the jellyfishes! Most of the jellies were white in color, but the tanks changes colors and the jellies adapt to it... very cool! I really took my time in taking pictures of these critters, but I especially love it when it changes to red in color.
I don't know until when the park honors the packages, but if I were you, just take the Oceanarium, Jellies, and Fish Spa. The Zoocology was a nice attraction, but it was very small and I didn't really get to enjoy it.
We arrived in the Manila Ocean Park at lunch time, and we finished all three attractions late in the afternoon. We were very hungry, so we decided to just eat there. Sister suggested to eat at the Sunset Quay (a place for food shops). Choosing where to eat has always been a tough decision for the family to make, but we ended up eating at Pancake House, which has a very great view of the sunset.
As for the food, I only have raves. I have heard people telling they serve great food, and when I tasted it, I was an instant believer. Pricey, yes, but very satisfying.
After dinner, the family walked another long walk to the bus stop. My feet, legs, and back hurt, but it was all good. I had a great time, and all the aches just don't matter at all.
*** Jenn ***